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  • Karen Gummo - Biography
    Karen Gummo - Biography

    A poet, dancer, and visual artist, Karen Gummo has been performing as a storyteller for almost 40 years in schools, libraries, museums, churches, seniors’ lodges, and in the fields and forests. She has traveled across Canada and as far as Iceland to share her favourite invented and real family and historical sagas, along with myths, folklore, and legends. Her Scandinavian family background and love for flora and fauna are her anchors. She continues to explore the depths of that rich heritage through research, through dreaming, offering workshops and through performance. She is co-founder of Storytelling Alberta formerly known as TALES Calgary and author/ illustrator of a wee prairie book called Ladybird Fly.

    Now back to the drawing board, Karen is working on a series of Coyote drawings to bring life to a new picture book based on a story that she created and honed in school performances and residencies. They are in the works just around the corner. Karen is immersed as well in researching and presenting the story of an Icelandic Canadian writer Laura Goodman Salverson who launched her career as a novelist in Calgary 100 years ago. Thus far she has presented the full piece at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts and at the opening of the EDDA Saga Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland.
    www.karengummo.com

Date

Sunday - Saturday July 14 - 20, 2024

Cost

$325 program/activities

The Dance of Truth; Family Storytelling

We gather together to connect.  In our interwoven online world – we sit still for long periods. 

Our bodies are meant to move, to connect; face to face, eye to eye, and heart to heart.  Perhaps that is where we can find our true selves.

A poet, dancer, and visual artist, Karen Gummo has been performing as a storyteller for almost 40 years in schools, libraries, museums, churches, seniors’ lodges, and in the fields and forests. To learn more about Karen and to view a sample of her storytelling performances please visit her website:  www.karengummo.com

Through gentle exercises in this week-long story series, experienced storyteller, Karen will help participants embrace the idea of using movement and stillness to discover and develop their favourite family and folk stories. 

Karen will offer her own beloved stories and looks forward to hearing yours.  She will lead gentle physical and artistic activities to lubricate the body, voice, and brain. 

Be ready for some soothing, creative work. 

Bring a treasured photograph or artifact.  Wear comfortable clothing for movement.

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